Tourism is fast becoming the biggest global business: Increasingly expanding since the Cold War, this invisible industry now produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy—and nothing gets that big without leaving a footprint. Journalist Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked, uncovers how the onetime hobby of travel has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, cultural heritage, and humans: Tourists in Cambodia crawl over temples, jeopardizing precious cultural sites; tour-industry employees work long hours for low wages—and the United States, which invented some of the best of tourism, now finds itself working to rebuild its own faltering industry.
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